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Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears recalled for choking hazard

Consumer Reports News: December 23, 2011 12:08 PM

Build-A-Bear Workshops is recalling more than 297,000 Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears today. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and Health Canada, the teddy bears' eyes can loosen and fall out, posing a choking hazard to children.

Both safety agencies report there have been no reports of injuries or deaths from the recalled Build-A-Bear toys. However, it is estimated the company sold about 284,000 of the teddy bears in the U.S. and 13,200 in Canada.

The Colorful Hearts Teddy is about 16 inches high and made with a covering of multi-colored hearts and black plastic eyes. The stuffed animal toy was sold at Build-A-Bear Workshops nationwide and online at from April 2011 to December 2011 for about $18 in the U.S. and $23 in Canada.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled teddy bear away from children and return it to any Build-A-Bear store to receive a coupon for any available stuffed animal from Build-A-Bear.

For more information, consumers can contact Build-A-Bear (toll-free: 866-236-5683 e-mail: colorfulhearts 'at' or visit the company website:

Build-A-Bear Recalls Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears Due to Choking Hazard [CPSC]
Recall: Colorful Hearts Teddy Bear from Build-A-Bear Workshops [Health Canada]
Product Safety Recalls [Build-A-Bear Workshops]

Paul Eng

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